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UFC Fight Night 62 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Maia vs LaFlare' main card winners in Brazil

After an enjoyable UFC Fight Night 62: "Maia vs LaFlare" event, ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday night (March 21, 2015) on FOX Sports 1 event inside the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Rio de Janeiro this past Saturday night (March 21, 2015) for the exciting UFC Fight Night 62: "Maia vs LaFlare" event, which took place live on FOX Sports 1 inside the Ginasio do Maracanazinho.

The main event was likely the worst contest of the evening, as Demian Maia easily out-grappled formerly undefeated Ryan LaFlare en route to a 25-minute unanimous decision victory (highlights here). Even with the impressive victory, Maia's antics in the fifth that saw him get docked a point for butt-scooting sure won't help his cause in garnering more fans.

The co-main event was a much more enthralling fixture, pitting first-round dynamo Erick Silva against the original UFC heel in Josh Koscheck. Many counted "Kos" out in this short-notice bout, and while their predictions ultimately did come to fruition, the former No. 1 welterweight contender looked pretty good early on in the first round before submitting to a guillotine choke.

Check out the highlights here.

With that quick recap of last night's marquee bouts, it's now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."

Winner: Godofredo Pepey

Who Should He Fight Next: Jeremy Stephens

After starting off his UFC career 1-3 and on the verge of being cut, Godofredo Pepey has rebounded exceptionally well, capping off a three-fight finish winning streak by submitting Andre Fili with what was essentially a flying triangle at UFC Fight Night 62.

Most expected the Team Alpha Male prospect to run through the Brazilian in his home country, but Pepey proved to be a lot more dangerous than many initially believed.

While I doubt Pepey would fare well against a ranked opponent, I certainly believe his three straight finishes earned him a shot at proving everyone wrong once again.

If that is the case, why not match up the exciting finisher with the heavy-handed Jeremy Stephens?

Winner: Gilbert Burns

Who Should He Fight Next: Winner of Paul Felder vs Jim Miller at UFC on FOX 15

It is quite difficult to predict a fight in the UFC's lightweight division, considering how many quality fighters there are beyond the top-15 rankings.

With that being said, I highly doubt UFC matchmakers opt to reschedule the initially planned scrap between Gilbert Burns and No. 9 ranked Josh Thomson after "Durinho" struggled mightily against short-notice replacement Alex Oliveira in Rio.

Regardless, the Blackzilian prospect dug deep and pulled off a miraculous armbar late in the fight to continue his impressive streak inside the Octagon.

For his next fight, I'd love to see the jiu-jitsu champ face off against another elite level black belt in Jim Miller, or take on a savvy striker in Paul Felder. With those two men facing off next month at UFC on FOX 15, the timeline is right for Burns to fight the winner.

Winner: Amanda Nunes

Who Should She Fight Next: Holly Holm

Oh the violence that would be a Holly Holm vs. Amanda Nunes fight!

Of all the fights on this list, I truly hope this is the one Joe Silva and I agree upon.

After Nunes' savage beatdown over Shayna Baszler at UFC Fight Night 62, "The Lioness" once again cemented herself as a top contender in the 135-pound weight class. With Miesha Tate, Jessica Eye, and Bethe Correia all locked up for their next fights, the only contenders left are Holm and Nunes.

With Holm picking up a solid win over Raquel Pennington at UFC 184, the timing works well for this women's bantamweight collision to come to fruition.

Winner: Leonardo Santos

Who Should He Fight Next: Johnny Case

Leonardo Santos is getting into his groove inside the Octagon with two straight victories. Earning his second submission victory at UFC Fight Night 62, Santos made a statement to the 155-pound weight class that he is a force to be reckoned with on the mat.

With so many prospects coming up the ranks in the lightweight division, it makes sense to pit the up-and-comers against each other to weed out the weaker competition.

In my opinion, the most exciting fight we could see Santos in next would be against Johnny Case.

Winner: Erick Silva

Who Should He Fight Next: Jake Ellenberger

Erick Silva may truly be one of the most dangerous first-round fighters in all of MMA.

In his six Octagon victories, Silva has finished each and every opponent in the first round, fighting a combined 12:52 in those fights. At UFC Fight Night 62, Silva choked out Josh Koscheck at 4:21 in the first round.

Silva's victory over Koscheck earned him his long-awaited first UFC win streak, and I expect the Brazilian berserker to get another crack at a top 15 opponent his next time out.

Why not take on the man that just submitted Koscheck only three weeks ago? Jake Ellenberger.

Winner: Demian Maia

Who Should He Fight Next: Tarec Saffiedine

Do I actually want to watch Demian Maia fight Tarec Saffiedine? Absolutely not, but it is basically the only choice UFC matchmakers have in the welterweight landscape.

Maia has rebounded from back-to-back losses with a two-fight winning streak, but his finishing ability is definitely waning as he grows older. While the jiu-jitsu ace did look to finish LaFlare multiple times over the first four rounds, Maia simply could not get the job done.

With not much room to move forward, I expect Maia to take on the former Strikeforce champ next. Let's just hope it doesn't turn into a snoozefest like Maia's fight with LaFlare.

That's a wrap.

For complete UFC Fight Night 62 results and coverage of all the night's action click here.

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